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this is al jazerra. ♪ ♪ hello i am lauren taylor, this is the news hour live from london. coming up. >> please find for us a solution. >> desperation in hungary as police stop hundreds of refugees from boarding trains out of the country. more protests against the government in lebanon as demonstrators occupy the environment ministry. pinch like this, slip it under my collar. >> police lo officers in los angeles are given body cameras in an effort to build trust.
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a gambian rapper going viral in senegal. and in sports, it's all too easy for five-time champion roger federer at the u.s. open. federer off to a winning start in new york. he could become the oldest title winner in close to 50 years. ♪ ♪ the main railway station in budapest has been closed to stop refugees from travel to go austria and germany. hungary's foreign minister says those found to be what he called economic migrants will be sent back to the country they arrived from. hundreds of people are there, and are demanding that police let them board trains so that they can leave hungary. security forces have been blocking the entrance to the station. this is the number of refugees trying to reach the european union don't surge, the italian navy has rescued 200 refugees in
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two separate operations in the mediterranean sea, at least four people were found dead. international organization for migration estimates that nearly a quarter of a million people have landed in greece in the year to september. italy has seen more than 110,000 arrivals. record numbers are showing no sign of easing, andrew simmons reports now from butt budapest. >> reporter: germany may have been a destination they could reach on monday, but not anymore. the refugees had feared this would happen. and it did. >> tell us what is the solution? everyone can be in our situation. everyone can have our road. please make us our solution. please find for us a solution. >> reporter: such dramatic contract on monday. now the police instead of letting people aboard the trains are stopping them from getting access to the station. and look at the atmosphere. these sullen people just waiting with no word of what might
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happen. so many of them who have already bought tickets, being barred from entering in to the station. the demonstrations, vocal but not aggressive, carried on right through the day. but perhaps the dilemma the refugees are in is conveyed more by the size of the exhausted family who his bought their tickets only to be turned away. they settled in the shade, whatever they could find it, refusing to move. once again, the issue of free movement in europe and the biggest refugees crisis since the second world war is playing out right in front of people in a capital city. >> it's a shame. because normal hungarian people don't want this. i came here to see and maybe i can help. we just want to them eight german politician on a fact-finding tour says she's appalled. >> it's a complete failure of human rights in europe. this is what i have to say. massive human rights violations
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here. people sleeping on the streets for days and days and days there is hardly any water, hardly any food. >> reporter: at the border town last week we met this 13-year-old syrian boy, he had escaped with his sister. four days later we spot him in the crowd here trying to get information. but he's frustrated. >> the police don't like the syrians. serbia, in hungary, in macedonia in, greece. >> reporter: so what is your message then? >> my message, please help the syrians. the syrians need help now. you just stop the war and we don't want to go to europe. just stop the war for the syrians, just that. >> reporter: a young voice carrying a simple message. but words that seem to carry little weight here. andrew simmons, al jazerra, budapest. one hotspot in the refugees
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crisis is at the border of hungary and all industry a there is a heavy police presence there as authorities try to smash organized people smuggling rackets. rob reynolds reports from the border town. >> reporter: austrian police stopped car cars and trucks neaa major border crossing with hungary, checking for smugglers illegally transporting refugees. a hungarian taxi was stopped. inside a family of six, apparently from the middle east. officers check papers and escorted the family in to a police post for questioning. reporters were not allowed to speak with them. police also questioned the taxi driver. it's not known whether he will be charged. a senior police officer says refugees smuggling rings are large, sophisticated and adapt quickly to police tactics. >> it's organized crime, means that there are many different people working together in this
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kind of network and this criminal networks for us it's a challenge to find out not only to arrest the driver but to find the chiefs. >> reporter: the reason for the stepped-up police scrutiny was parked just a few hundred meters away. this is the now infamous truck in which 71 refugees died of suffocation last week. forensics workers are still collecting evidence. soiled clothing removed from the truck hangs on a fence. austrian authorities say two more persons have been arrested in connection with this case. one in hungary, the other in bulgaria. they are thought to be part of a human smuggling ring that operated this truck and was responsible for the deaths that occurred in it. most refugees wanting to to germany. the european union's wealthiest country with liberal refugees asylum laws. a record number of 3,500 many of them from syria, cross ed in to southern germany from austria
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since monday. >> translator: quite honestly, i see no responsible on germany's part. it's been that said those arriving in germany are most like to receive asylum or the status of a refugees from a civil war country. that's not surprise. >> reporter: police on alert at border crossings like this one, might save some refugees' lives and may put some smugglers behind bars. but commanders admit more police won't solve europe's refugees problem. >> of course it's a big challenge for austrian police. there is no question. it's also a big challenge from austria, i think. but solutions can only come from the politics. politics, politicians, from the government, of course. >> reporter: political solutions that so far just haven't happened. rob reynolds, al jazerra, austria. refugees are getting help from aid groups as they pass through the so-called bull can
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route. police are manning the checkpoint at the grease border with macedonia. the mats down vinnie red cross has is the up an aid camp. many come here before reaching serbia and hungary on their way to germany and other western european countries. the red cross says they might see 3,000 people per day. a ship carrying thousands of refugees from the greek islands of lesbos has arrived in athenss. two ships trying to relieve the pressure on the greek island where many people have been arriving each day. hours after activists stormed the environment ministry in lebanon. police forcibly removed the protesters. supporters of the you stink movement have been demanding the minister resign over the ongoing garage crisis. they are also being fueled by corruption and the failure to
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provide basic services. a turkish soldier has been killed and another wounded by cross-border gunfire from isil-held territory in syria. the shooting happened in the southeastern turkish province. it's the second time a soldier has been shot and killed by isil along the turkey-syria border. turkey's government launched i've strikes against the group following the first shooting in july. two british journalists and an iraqi working for vice news have been charged by turkish authorities who allege they are members of isil. jake hanrahan, philip and the iraqi producer were arrested saturday. they had been filming fighting between security forces and youths members of the pro-kurdish p.k.k. a senior turkish government source has hold al jazerra the arrests were not politically motivated as some have claimed. united nations special renter is calling for immediate release of the two journalists
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jailed in the egyptian case, he has said their trial and retrial has been inconsistent with international human rights through. they have been in prison for flee years for aiding a terrorist organization, they were jailed on saturday while greste was sentenced in absentia. al jazerra denies the charges and demands their immediate release. ukraine's president has paid tribute to soldiers killed in a grenade explosion outside parliament as two more servicemen died from their injuries. 140 people were hospitalized after a grenade and smoke bombs were thrown by protesters. president poroshenko has defended the constitutional reforms and condemned the violence, we have a report from kiev. >> reporter: a day after and details of what went wrong at the protest in front parliament building are still merging. a grenade and several petro bombs were lobbed at police by
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demonstrators. mainly from far right groups. three died and more than 100 were injured. the ward at this hospital in kiev is filled with anger. >> translator: we were surprised. we thought the most that would happen is some pushing around and shouting. it's shocking this happens in a peaceful city. it was organized for sure. >> reporter: it happened as ukraine's parliament was voting on measures giving greater autonomy to the east, the focus i've separatist movement. for president petro poroshenko they were preplanned. >> unfortunately we provided the constitutional changes meaning the election, and any country unfortunately, the polight ticks try to play this game. to gain additional. [ inaudible ] to the lexus. it has nothing do with the interest of the country. >> reporter: they are heading words elections in october. this city hasn't seen any
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violence since the ousting of former president victor yanukovych nearly 18 months ago. the fact that the clashes happened here in parliament make many wonder whether the inviting inside the building will once again spill out on to the streets. many have come here to pay tribute to those who have fall meant line of duty. bring flowers and can dales, some are visibly worried. >> translator: i don't want bombs and grenades in my city. the people who work in parliament need to know that it's not us living for them, it's them living for us. our children must stop dieing whether here or in the east, this nightmare should end. >> reporter: decentralization is in full agreement. minsk agreement. but both the separatists in east and russia say it faults short. on the ukrainian side some feel it will lead it a loss of sovereignty. >> there is no confusion because
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it is said very clearly that there are. [ inaudible ] that are now with state bodies, state administrations, they will be transferred for local councils s and their executive bodies it is not aimed at any domino effect. the constitution says any sheet would have arise for a special status. >> reporter: the bill still has to go through a second reading. with the current underlying tensions that will be postponed until after the october elections. al jazerra, keif. still to come on al jazerra. hope francis gives priests around the world permission to forgive women who have had an abortion. the war in yemen could be leaving more than half the country's children malnourished. and in sport we'll hear from the indian cricket captain celebrating his first series win.
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♪ ♪ australia's treatment of asylum seekers happen been criticized by a parliamentary report detailing allegations says of negligence and abuse, it's calling for children to be removed from a prison on an a lands where asylum applicants are kept. it's one of the offshore centers the government pays for instead of allowing refugees onto its soil. andrew thomas has more. >> reporter: three years ago al jazerra filmed what would become the detention center as australia's army built it. but since detainees have been held is what has been in effect a prison, the media has not been allowed in. that secrecy is one thing the report in to conditions there says should change because where the secrecy there can be abuse. the report detailed some of what is alleged. self harm by traumatized children the sexual abuse of detainees by guards. even water boarding.
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though the credibility of the former guard making that accusation was questioned at the inquiry. >> no, i have not personally witnessed the actual event. but i have witnessed what i firmly believe to be the actions after. >> so you have seen team with water on them come from a building? >> water coming out of their mouth, covering up water. >> okay. >> reporter: the report says conditions at the prison are not adequate, appropriate, or safe. it calls for a full order to the allegations of abuse. >> there are six several gameses of both physical and sexual abuse against children. and that includes 3 30 concernig did he detension center staff. >> reporter: they want faster processing of refugees claims and the removing of children from the prison. >> the minister has acknowledged this morning for the first time that things are not okay ensued the that rue detention camp.
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but talk is cheap. the minister needs to react. >> reporter: australia's government accepts sending its refugees to camps to other country is his tough. but it works. asylum seekers have stopped come coming to australia. >> the united nations have said what is going on there is tantamount to torture in some cases. >> it's beautifully stuff. no question about it. but it's seen as a deterrents and a lot of european governments are looking to the australian model. >> reporter: australia's government has made it clear that they have no plan to his close the camp, the company running it was on monday given a five-year contract to continue doing so. narou is tiny, a dot in the papa civic. but it is kept hidden just to hidden.
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journalist had his to pay $6,000 no access to the detention center even if they do. what this report makes clear, is that in such a dark place, dark things are happening. andrew thomas, al jazerra, sydney. al jazerra asked the australian government for an interview but we were told the minister was not available. pope francis has given priests around the world the power formally to forgive women who have had abortions. the pontiff made the decision as part of the holy year. one of the church's most important events that takes place every 25 years. it's the post's latest move for a more open and inclusive church. the church conditions abortion to be a grave sin. let's speak to the associate editor of the catholic harold. thanks so much indeed for coming n how big of a change is this for the catholic church? >> i think it's a practical change. it's a very welcomed change. france us is reaching out to particular catholic who his may
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feel particularly bad about something they regard as a sin and removing a practical barrier and making it easier for them to obtain forgive fans something they regret. >> his language was quite strong he said he has met so many women who are scared by the agonizing and painful decision of abortion. is the key here they have to be sorry or else they are not going to be forgiven. >> he's addressing people who do feel sorry for having had an abortion obviously. but his tone is really interesting as you say, because it's a very empathetic tone. the former pope was quite cerebral, that is a quite emotional pope, a pastourelle pope and he's talking to women and he is saying i understand this wasn't an easy decision and i understand that you may be suffering and i think that's a really interesting change in tone. >> is it a temporary thing, though? it sounds as though it is, it's for this particular year or do you think it will actually in effect be beyond that? >> i think it possibly could be beyond that. but it's particularly tied to
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this year of mercy. which francis being the practical pope he is saying i am not going to talk about mercy, i am going say this is the year dedicated to enhancing mercy to reminding people that the church is there primarily for love and mercy. >> a year ago he described the practice of abortion as horrific and you know, talked about the throw-away culture and in those materials what has changed in that year or was that at that points was he addressing a particular audience, the conservative arm of the church and now he's talking to another? >> i don't think anything has particularly changed. i think he's just trying to em fa irks he's noemphasize that wt changing church doctrine he's trying to be practical trying to draw people back to court, same with divorce and married and home sexual. they may feel out in the cold he's saying welcome back. come back in and he's talking to those people especially and it's consistent with who he is as a person and a pope. >> this will not convince the people who say it's a right to
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have an abortion and something women shut be apologizing for. >> no, it's not. it's not addressed at those people. it's address today people who already feel they regret their abortion who are catholic who & who actually value the sacrament of convention. >> is there a -- confession. is. >> is there a disenfranchised group of women in that group who may have had abortions and had to leave the church because they feel so bad about it this. >> i think it's more that there are women who probably feel previously. i had an abortion i regret it. i have to go so a bishop whereas now an average women would have that degree of anonymity and stand in line like everybody else and go to a priest in a conventional box and do a confession in a normal way rather than the administrative procedure that they would have had to before. >> presumably some people in the church won't want that emphasis. >> there there may be people
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feel against it. but at the same time asking them to be forgiving. >> thank you very much for coming to talk to us. israel has demolished the home of the senior commander of islamic jihad. there was a shootout between israelii forces between the army and the armed group after dozens vehicles arrived to his house in the occupied west bank. iran's deputy foreign minister says bashar al-assad will always be a key element in syria's future. he made the comments during a meeting with the u.n. special envoy. ateheran sees assad a part of ay political solution. the minister says his country is ready to support peace in the region. iraq's military says isil has lawn of a series of suicide attacks in anbar province.
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12 soldiers and militia men were killed outside the town of huh diva. after a mortar assault. two suicide bombers blue themselves up. iraq's prime minister is continuing to face prong opposition as he tries to implement a new reform program even announces the changes after massive protests over government corruption and a lack of infrastructure. zeina khodr reports from baghdad. >> reporter: this is why people began to take to the streets. the shortage of electricity in the extreme heat was the breaking points for many iraqs. this sector has been worn down by years of war, but people blame authorities for mits management and corruption. the government and prime minister promised to take action. the electricity administer was questioned in parliament. he blamed former ministers no for not investing enough to development the distribution network. parliament was satisfied with his answers but it caused more
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ainger on the streets. >> translator: it seems parliament isn't taking people serious and underestimates our will. it's making people even angrier. >> reporter: some of the members of parliament who backed the minister were from al ba al badk in parliament. the shia alliance is headed by former prime minister nouri al-maliki who himself has been accused of corruption even leads the biggest block in parliament. >> the state of law is not united. there is the al badi week and the maliki wing, they are against each other. al badi was relying on the shia leader, but they are all standing against him. he is fighting for reforms alone with the backing of the streets and the highest show rah religious authority. >> reporter: the protests have so far not chanced slogans against al badi. in fact, they have been protesting every friday for weeks now to give him support to bring about change.
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at first they demanded better services now they are demanding for corrupt officials to be held accountable and an independent judiciary. they want payments to be made according to party low at thises and power distributed among sects. it is basically a call to end sectarian politics. but many as changed. the prime minister needs the support of the political establishment. but the same politicians who publically back the people seem to be standing in his way. >> translator: parliament ministers are covering up for each other they are afraid if one is fired others will be dismissed and means they will lose power and seats. >> reporter: they are questioning and al badi career could be at stake, if he goes there are powerful and popular shia militias and their wings who are ready to step in.
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doctors are warning of devastating impact off the war in yep own children. victoria gatenby reports. >> reporter: a father places his bake on scales at this medical center in sanaa. doctors are running a screening program to monitor malnourished children. best war yemen had one of the highest child malnutrition rates in the world. now more children are in poor health because they can't get enough nutritious food to eat. >> malnutrition was widespread. but there has been a big increase. around 30% of children used to be malnourished now it's more than 50 or 60%. >> reporter: the children at this clinic are prescribed vitamin supplements, but doctors say their surprise are low. they have received some aid from charities, but say they need more to meet patient demand.
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>> translator: our children are facing famine. we can't sit back and do nothing. we call on the united nations to look at the children who are innocent and shouldn't be experiencing malnutrition like this. look at the children's fear. and the anxiety, we are all facing. >> reporter: people in yemen are suffering from severe food and water shortages. relative calm has returned to cities like aden where forces loyal to exiled president hadi pushed out houthi rebels last month. but in sanaa, a houthi strong hold the fighting continues. and until it stops, the healthcare system won't likely recover from months of war. victoria gatenby, al jazerra. meanwhile, the general in charge of saudi-led coalition forces says that coalition reinforcements have arrived. speaking to al jazerra, brigadier general says ground troops are now assisting pro-government forces in taking on the houthi fighters.
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>> translator: more forces from the saudi-led coalition arrived, they sent reinforcements just like they did before in aden and they are now ready for combat operations. they arrived with a very notable force with their military vehicles and equipment and they will be able to carry out missions in the area. still onto come on the al jazerra news hour, the private art school that is exposing gaza's young people to art and helping to heal the scars of war. why one of tokyo's most famous and striking hotels is closing down. and in sport, a hero's welcome for kenya's athletes after their historic efforts at the worlds championships. ♪ ♪
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reminder of the top stories here on al jazerra. hungary's foreign minister says his government regards economic migrants will be sent back to the countries that he received from. they closed the train station in
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butte pest to stop refugees from traveling awards to austria and germany. politicians in australia say children seeking asylum should be removed from a prison on the island of narou after allegations of negligence and abuse. demonstrators in lebanon from the you stink movement are demanding the minister resigns over the country's ongoing garbage cries. those december durations ar deme latest in the country. >> reporter: hours before the deadline, activists from the #youstink movement occupied the environment ministry in downtown by route. calling for the minister to resign. for weeks now people have been wrote testing against the government angered at the inning difficult billet to deal with the rubbish crisis that has left by route's streets filthier than
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ever. on tuesday activists decided to escalate their act of civil disobedience to get their voices heard. the standoff at the environment ministry lasted for more than nine hours. throughout that time, the minister himself was holed up inside his office. skirmishes began to take place halfway through. security forces beating a protest are after they sealed off all the exits and entrance to his the building. at least three people were carried way on stretchers. >> they used batons and kicking and especially down the stairs and breaking of the. [ inaudible ] >> reporter: this 15-year-old take villes told me about how
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they kicked him out. he told me despite being detained during last week's protests, he will continue to take to the streets. as night fell hundreds of people gathered in the square outside the ministry in solidarity with the few who managed to remain inside. chants against the government and security forces reining outs the ground got angrier. it started out as being about trash now it's a protest movement. not only against the government, but against the entire political system. the more the stand offs take place and the more the security fors meet the frosters with force, the larger the protest is becoming. al jazerra, beirut.
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the county clerk kim davis argued that granting the licenses would violate her religious beliefs. but the supreme court refuse today hear her case, in june they legalized game marriage across the united states. los angeles has become the largest city in the united states to give police officers body cameras. 7,000 will eventually be contributed as part of an effort to rebuild trust. police brutality has been in the headlines across the u.s. in recent months. >> pinch like this. slip it under my collar. >> reporter: police in l.a.'s mission hills neighborhood call this the new normal. on monday 80 officers took to the streets wearing body cameras. >> it's something that we are intimidated of or afraid of. we are embracing the idea and concept it have. it will give a new perspective
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to. >> reporter: the first 860 cameras will be deployed over the no month. a eventually 7,000 will be issued making this the largest city to use these devices on a wide scale. officers say body cameras will give the full story, unlike the deaths at the hands of police in ferguson, more or baltimore that were not captured camera. >> they are talking to somebody about a crime or incidents that camera will be on. this organization has nothing to hide. >> reporter: but peter with the aclu in california, disagrees. he notes that lapd officers will be allowed to review the footage before filing their reports. the department currently has no plans to let the public see any of the video regarded. >> one of the things that body cameras promise to do is to increase public trust by helping provide the public some assurance that officers will be held accountable but giving
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officers special advantage of looking at the video before they make a statement just betrays that principle. >> i think it protects me more than it protects the public. >> reporter: in 2012 the small city of rialto east of los angeles became the first u.s. police department to deploy the devices. use of force by officers there dropped by more than 50% after they started using the cameras. but body camera footage has also been used against officers. this video from cincinnati shows a routine traffic stop escalate to a shooting. the white officer who shot and killed the black driver is now charged with murder. al jazerra, los angeles. the use of body cameras has been welcomed by the american civil libertys union but they have some concerns as you heard in the report about how the lapd will be using the devices, cath rig wagner is from the aclu and joins us now from los angeles. so what is your main objection?
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because in principle you do think they are a good idea; that right? >> yes, actually. and thank you for having me. in principle body cameras have tremendous potential to deter police misconduct and promote greater accountability, transparently and public trust in policing. but at the end. day they are only tools and without proper policies in place they can end up undercutting the values that they are did he sign today promote. so specifically with regard to the los angeles police department, we have a number of concerns. first among them, is that the department does not plan to release any footage from body-worn cameras ever, unless they are compelled to do so by a court order but reserve discretion to release video when his they choose to do so when they believe that it might be beneficial. this really amounts to the same just trust us approach that body cameras are meant to, in fact, address and really won't serve any sort of public
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accountability or transparency if the public never gets to see a video even for inning stances such as officer-involved anotherrings. another major concern that kev -- >> let me stop to you that. >> sure. what is the reason for them wants to be release it in the first place, simple they want to retrue or partly the cost of storing all of this acres of footage is prohibitive? >> well, the cost of storage is high. but to our knowledge, the los angeles police department inning tents to keep the foot -- intends to keep the foot final quite sometime. the issue you with release, you have to ask them. but our understanding is that they view all videos to be records of investigation. that they are not obligated under the california public records act to produce as they would other public records. >> is it the case that all these different police departments will do something different unless there is guidance cross the board and that doesn't really womb with these things, does it? >> no, at this point it doesn't.
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it's largely department by department determining their own policies. often without much benefit of pro bust public participation. >> the obama government who has pushed for the funds to be put in these body cameras, are they happy with the fact that there isn't specific guidance on how it is used or will that be brought in in your understanding? >> you know, we -- to my knowledge there aren't really moves towards good amounts at the federal level. from everything that president obama has said, and the attorney general's remarks they see body cameras as tools to increase transparency and accountability and so the fact that video might never be release today the public, i imagine would be a concern. >> but on the whole, do you think that the negatives that we have talked about here actually report going to outweigh the benefits of having this? we have heard some of the reports that suggest that already people's behavior changes when they feel that they
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are being filmed they might actually be less likely to do anything dodgy. >> right. and that's natural. and, you know, i would say that in general, you know, in principle we support the idea of body cameras, but with regard to the los angeles police department, he believe their policies, public release of video, allowing officers involved in critical incidents to review the video before giving an initial statement to the investigators, the way the policy was put in place without meaningful public input. all those things mean that for los angeles, the police use the body cameras might do more harm than good and we have to, you know, we have had to actually change course on our support for their particular program. >> okay, catherine wagner, thank you very much for your thoughts on the issue, thank you. >> thank you. now, protests outside the guatemalan parliament where politicians are meet to go vote on whether to withdraw president otto perez marina's immunity from prosecution, growing calls for the president to be
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impeached after allegations that his he allowed government officials to get a cut from businesses that avoided import taxes. the former vice president has already been call jailed over the scandal and six cabinet ministers resigned last week. art is maybe not the first thing you think of when you think of the gaza strip but a private art school is there hoping to buck the trend and use heart to help those living there cope with the pressures of daily life. imtiaz tyab reports. >> reporter: tucked away in the corner of the small building on a quiet street is the only private art school in the gaza strip. every day dozens of palestinians come here to learn how to draw and paint. she founded the school which means the gallery there years ago. then thought they might only ever have a few students. now most classes are so packed there is barely enough room for everyone. >> translator: the idea came to me because i saw there were really talented people in gaza. all they needed was someone to
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help them develop their skills. i believe in the school. and i believe it's important for the gaza strip because theme don't realize how incredible art s. >> reporter: gaza isn't known for having a large artistic community, or an established tradition of the arts. the but many here say attitudes are starting to change. los angeles lay has been taking art lessons here since it first opened. she said she found it difficult at first to convince her parents to sends her to classes. burr when they saw how happy it made here and the art she created they started sending her slick siblings as well. >> when i draw i forget all the perhaps. and learn everything and about the rewards i just enter my own world and my imagination after drawing things that i like. and it's really fun.
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>> reporter: he started taking drawing lessons a few months ago. he says after surviving last year's 50-day war with israel. he came here looking for a way to express his feelings. >> translator: drawings helps me to communicate the reality that i live n especially the tragedy of our lies in gaza the it let me show the painful truth of how we live. >> reporter: while students have different reasons for picking up pencils and paint brushes, nearly all agree that art gives them peace of mind in what are uncertain times. imtiaz tyab, al jazerra, gaza. human rights, including freedom of expression are under attack in game bee a artists and performers are being forced to flee to neighboring senegal. nicholas hack has the story. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: it's a song gambian radios won't put on air. yet it's going viral.
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spread on the ground line throughout the country. the lyrics denounce gam gambia's freedom of speech and [ inaudible ] >> after being fed up and seeing my people being quiet and not able to speak out against police brutality. against corruption, not being able to speak out against people going missing for no reason. not being able to speak out about the level of hardship in this country, as an artist and rapper i believe that i am the voice of the people. and being the voice of the people i have this responsibility which is on me to actually speak out against what is going on. >> reporter: behind these lyrics is young rapper killer ace, he grew up in harlem, new york. actual being involved in gang violence, his family sent him back to game bee a there he says he saw what he calls the biggest gangster of them all. the president. human rights organizations have accused him of being a ruthless
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lick tater, he hit the headlines recently when he threatened to slit the throats of all homosexuals. to celebrate his 21 years in power following a coup, he freed hundreds of people from prison. there is when killer ace released his song. although it wasn't banned his family started getting threats. with his wife, doubter and manager, he fled the country by road to senegal. >> looking at what happened to other people such as journalists who are missing, nobody know where they are at for a long time. get tortured. but considering my that my song is probably bigger than what anybody else ever did staying would have been worse. i believe they would have used me as an example for any other artist or anybody else that dared to try to do what i did. >> reporter: thousands of gambian dissidents have made senegal their home. but here, too, they fear the gambian security services. we have spoken to a number of gambian artists, journalists and social activ activists. none would speak on camera. too
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scared of repercussions it could have on their families aback home. gambian authorities have not given al jazerra permission to report inside the country. tourists, though, are welcome to visit. the country nicknamed the smiling coast received 60,000 british nationals on holiday last year. >> i think that what is happening in gambia is invisible. people don't know about this sense of fear. even you can feel it. you can touch it when you are in game bee actual people really are scared about talking. people are scared about thinking different from what the government is sailing, is this kind of fear that is everywhere. >> reporter: away from gambia, and no longer afraid, rapper ace is looking for a safe place to express himself. he's been refused a visa entry to the united states. and hiding in senegal he has not lost hope. determined more than ever to make his music heard. nicholas hawk, al jazerra, senegal. one of tokyo's most famous
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hotels has closed its doors for the last time. it was built in 1962 is now being torn down to make way for a modern sky escaper. harry fawcett reports. >> reporter: for more than half a century the hotel has welcomed guests from across japan and around the world. but this time they weren't coming to stay. rather to say goodbye. >> translator: there is something unchange big this hotel. we feel as though we have come basketball home. like going home to your parents and grandparents as they always welcome you. >> reporter: it was loved by its regulars, who included presidents and film stars, for its stylish preservation of the brent of 1960s modernism and traditional japanese craftmanship and design. when ian fleming wrote you only live twice, this was the obvious hotel for james bond. more than a time capsule, for many it had become an important piece of tokyo's cultural history.
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>> translator: there is so much amazing craftmanship here and it moves me just looking at it. i am sad it will be lost. i hope the new hotel will have a lobby just like this. >> reporter: the lobby was the star from the beginning wits a pendant lights and flour-shaped tabletables and chairs an arrant preserved virtually unchanged for more than 50 years. >> translator: no one would say anything no matter how long you spent it'sing there by yourself. please do make yourself at home. in such a spectacular space when you see the japanese culture coming together in one place. >> reporter: but the campaigners trying to we serve the architecture, what is happening is also quintessential i japanese, it's to be replace ed by a 38 story skyscraper in time for the 2020 olympics. there are examples of history being dwarfed, preserved in oddly artificial ways, or just subsumed by anonymous glass and concrete towers.
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>> the buildings are seen as commodities, not cultural icons, not as markers of the state of civilization at any different point igiven pointtoo time 67 t3 years is too old for a first-class thole. it's plumbing, air conditioning and earthquake standards are not up to scratch. the fans say it could have been fixed instead they are left to mourn what was a piece of tokyo's living history as it's finally extinguished. harry fawcett, al jazerra. still to come on al jazerra. >> the former. [ inaudible ] cities of the olympic games, they have a different or similar problem than they did. the man in charge of organizing next year's rio olympics tells al jazerra the city and its water will be red oreadyon time.
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♪ ♪ time for sport now, here is andy. thanks so much, lauren. roger federer and andy murray both getting their u.s. open campaigns under way this tuesday. 2012 champion murray is playing nick of australia, a little later on. while it's been all too easy for roger federer in his match against argentina's lee marred omare, the five-time champion winning in straight sets and at 34 he's looking to become the oldest u.s. open winner in 45 years. but 11th seed is out after blowing a 2-set lead to frenchman who appeared on course for an ease win, but his americana phoned donald young hit back to win in five sets. in the women also draw, six
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seed lucy's tournament is also over. she lost in straight sets to terrain co in becoming the highest seed exit so far. the czech playing saying a stomach injury had restricted her efforts. >> i mean, it's very disappointing because obviously i wanted to be 100 percent for the u.s. open for the grand sl slam. it's very unfortunate that it happened the last minute like that, but it's sport and that's what happens injuries come and go and it's just bad timing. >> second seed had a much easier time of it. her opponents retired injured during the second set. so she's through. the manage in charge of organizing the rio olympics says he's confident the city and its water will be ready for next year's games. carlos told our correspondent lee wellings that guarantee the health of athletes is his top priority. the water quality at the sailing
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venues has been under particular scrutiny with german expert saying he was infected by pollution in august. >> we have tested they are in very good conditions. the national federation of athletes we have more than 320 and all of them spoke favorable about the bay. >> reporter: are you sure that this big cleaning task, it's huge, can be done in the time you have? this must be taking a lot of work right now. >> yes, it is a lot of work. the former organizing cities of the olympic games, they have a different or similar problems and they did it. that we are on the same way. especially because we have one venue in the mi middle of the cy that is spe spectacular that thy have never had before. that we have no doubt will
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deliver. >> kenya's athletes will be expecting more success at those olympics following their historic effort at the world championships in beijing. the team have been enjoying a victory parade in nairobi after topping the medals table for the first time. kenya won seven golds, sick silvers and three bronze. yag a wolanding the gold in jefn but they are were criticize today not catching drug sheets, two tested positive and 13 are serving bans for doming offenses. al jazerra's cath run soi was in nairobi for the team's triumphant return. >> reporter: a welcome. [ inaudible ] they did quite well in bay jeeping, this is great news, everybody is talking about this 16 medals, every kenyan is proud to be associated with them.
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this is a feat that has never been achieved before in kenya and here is another first, kenya's first gold medal in a nontrack effect. javelin, when he learned from youtube. >> this is something that i have been looking for, been really struggling hard to win the world cup and i am the world champion now. with my son here, he's the champion. >> reporter: kenya has also been in the spotlight for doping allegations says, two athletes failed a drug test in beijing, scores have tested positive for doping in the last two years. some have even been banned from racing. government sporting agencies including athletics, kenya are aware about the doping claims. >> we must fight doping. [ inaudible ] thank you very much. >> reporter: doping aside, though, kenyans are basking in the glory of being on top of the world. in a country big with the summer
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olympics next year. catherine soi, al jazerra, kenya. manchester united and real madrid are blaming each other for the transfer deadline day deal that never was, goalkeeper david de gea is to remain a nighted player after the collapse of a $45 million transfer. de gea is training now with the spanish national team. and wasn't in the mood for give his version of vents. united and real both insisting they weren't at fault for paperwork not being processed before the spanish transfer window closed. now, india's cricketers have beaten sri lanka in an away series for the first time in 20 years. the first series win for the captain. his team winning what was a pretty feisty match which saw two players, including sharma receiving bans for misconduct. the last time india won in slay lasrilanka was way back in 1993. >> i don't want to say that i have grown as a captain because if i make a mistake again, i
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will be made a child again too. [ laughter ] >> let the things be the way they are. i think it's time for us to celebrate a series win. any mistakes that i make in the future will be corrected. but it's important to cherish the good moments as well. that is all the sport for now. i hand you back to lauren in london. thank you very much indeed, andy and there is plenty more sport of course for you on our website at any time and all the rest of the news at any time more details there of all the stories that we are reporting on. there we are, riot police clearing the protesters occupying the beirut minister, the details from our correspondent about the events that happened in lebanon early that has actually been cleared that ministry that was being occupied. more on that in just a few minutes, but that's it from me lauren taylor for this news hour, thanks in deep for watching and join us again in a
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please find for us a solution. >> desperation in hungary as police stop refugees from boarding trains out of the country. i am lauren taylor, this is al jazerra, live from london. also coming up. more protests against the government in lebanon as demonstrators occupy the environment ministry. >> a pinch like this, slip it under my collar. >> police officers in los angeles have given body cameras in an effort to rebuild trust. ♪ ♪

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